Early voting starts Wednesday, Oct. 10, for the Nov. 6 election, and it might take you that long to go through the lengthy ballot.
Scottsdale voters will have a full plate of choices, with heated races from the top of the ticket to choices they’ll be making for City Council and the school board.
Here’s a look at local and legislative district races involving Scottsdale, but with a U.S. Senate seat, the governor’s office and a number of state propositions on the ballot, voters will have their hands full.
The City Council could potentially look very different next year – or exactly the same – as voters have five candidates to choose from to fill three seats. All three incumbents are running for reelection.
Bill Crawford, downtown Scottsdale business owner, has the endorsement of Mayor Jim Lane. Crawford is a public safety advocate who has served as a volunteer with Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse. He supports Question 1 and Proposition 420. Website: crawfordforscottsdale.com.
Kathy Littlefield began her first term on the council in 2015. She supports conservative fiscal policy, public safety and protecting neighborhoods from harmful development. Littlefield supports Question 1 and Prop 420. Website: kathylittlefield.com.
Linda Milhaven, began serving on the City Council in 2011 and is currently in her second term. She is endorsed by Mayor Jim Lane. She would like to bring private investment into Scottsdale and keep property taxes low. She has worked as a community bank president and served as board chair of the Better Business Bureau. She opposes Prop 420. Website: milhavenforscottsdale.com.
David N. Smith began serving on the City Council in 2011 and is currently in his second term. He has worked in financial management, including time spent as Chief Financial Officer with Tennessee Valley Authority, AMTRAK and City of Scottsdale. He supports conservative fiscal policy. He opposes Prop 420. Website: councilmandavidsmith.com.
Solange Whitehead, owner of Whitehead Realty. She is endorsed by the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale and has served on the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission. She has made the future of McDowell Sonoran Preserve a key issue in her campaign. She supports Prop 420. Website: solangeforscottsdale.com.
Question 1: The city is asking for voter approval to raise the transaction privilege tax, also called sales tax, rate 0.10 percent from 1.65 percent to 1.75 percent for a period of 10 years to raise funds for transportation improvement projects.
Proposition 420: An amendment to the city charter that would prohibit alterations to the natural state of the city-owned preserve lands unless those alterations are specifically outlined in the proposed amendment or approved by Scottsdale registered voters in an election.
Voters in the Scottsdale Unified School District will select from two candidates on the ballot and one write-in candidate to fill two vacancies on the SUSD Governing Board. Incumbents Kim Hartmann and Pam Kirby are not running for reelection.
Patty Beckman, current chief financial officer for a manufacturing company and former financial consultant who worked with corporations, nonprofits and individuals. Currently, she is the PTO-Co President at Mohave Middle School. Website: pattybeckman.com.
Jann-Michael Greenburg, director of legal services for Tresóna Multimedia, his family’s Scottsdale-based multimedia licensing company. He volunteers to help run an early-morning math club at Yavapai Elementary School. Website: jmg4susd.com.
Christine Schild, former SUSD board member who filed to run as a write-in candidate.
LD 23 SENATE
Daria Lohman, Scottsdale Democrat. Degree in physics and mathematics and 33 years of experience working in software and cybersecurity engineering. She also served six years in the Army, including tours in Vietnam. If elected, she would be Arizona’s first openly transgender legislator. Website: daria4az.com.
Michelle Ugenti-Rita, Scottsdale Republican. Current member of the Arizona House of Representatives, who served in the house since 2011. She is chairman of the House Elections Committee and serves on the Appropriations and Ways & Means committees. She has advocated for increased border security, states’ rights and conservative fiscal policy. Website: michelleugenti-rita.com.
Chris Leone, Scottsdale Independent. Master's degrees in business and communications. He is currently commercial real estate tenant advisor for SVN Realty Advisors. He has made securing long term, stable K-12 funding a main platform for his campaign. He said he has identified as an independent for his entire voting life. Website: voteleone.org.
LD 23 HOUSE
John Kavanagh, Fountain Hills Republican. Current senator representing District 23 at the Arizona legislature. He has served as either a representative or senator at the legislature since 2007. He chairs the Senate’s Government Committee and is vice chair of the Appropriations Committee.
Eric Kurland, Scottsdale Democrat. Bachelor’s degree in finance and master's degree in curriculum development. He is a teacher and former president of Scottsdale’s teachers union, and is one of several educators propelled to the ballot by the Red for Ed movement. Increased funding for public education is a primary platform of his campaign. Website: kurland23.com.
Jay Lawrence, Scottsdale Republican. Member of Arizona House of Representatives since 2015. He is an Air Force veteran and a former radio talk show host. He recently served as chairman for the House Military, Veterans and Regulatory Affairs Committee. He has advocated for limited government, secure borders and gun owner protections. Website: d23jaylawrence.com.
LD 24 SENATE
Vicki Alger, Scottsdale Republican. Owner of an education research and services company, she is a research fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California and a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute and the Independent Women’s Forum in Washington, D.C. She supports limited government, fiscal responsibility and school choice. Website: votevickialger.com.
Lela Alston, Phoenix Democrat. She is currently serving her fourth term as a representative at the Arizona legislature. She previously served in the Arizona Senate from 1977 to 1995. She was also a teacher in Phoenix for 34 years. She has promoted public and higher education throughout her time in the legislature. Website: lelaalstonaz.com.
LD 24 HOUSE
David Alger, Scottsdale Republican. He is a military veteran and served in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve. He supports limited government, fiscal responsibility and school choice. He also said he is a voice for families against what he characterized as “the heavy hand of the family court and the foster care system.” Website: votedavidalger.com.
Jennifer Longdon, Phoenix Democrat. She is a survivor of a drive-by shooting and an advocate to improve the lives of those with disabilities. She also has worked to combat gun violence. She has served on Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues, the Phoenix Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Council, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s Public Impact Panel and the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council. Website: jenlongdonforhouse.com.
Amish Shah, Phoenix Democrat. He is an emergency medicine and sports medicine physician. He is running on a platform promoting universal healthcare and providing permanent appropriate funding for public education. He also supports the ability of citizens to put propositions on the ballot through citizen initiatives. Website: amishforarizona.com.